Experts in the treatment of conditions affecting the urinary tract in men women and children have cautioned men against taking recurring urinary tract infections and fevers lightly, noting that they could be signs of more serious health concerns with their prostate.
The urologists explained that most recurrent bouts of fever, weight loss, or recurring urinary infections, especially in middle-aged men, could be signs of prostate diseases.
Speaking with PUNCH HealthWise in separate interviews, the experts,
Consultant Urologists, Dr. Gabriel Ogah and Dr. Ahuizechukwu Obiesie stressed that such issues should not be ignored but reported to a urologist immediately.
According to Dr. Ogah, “When men have urinary problems, either urinating frequently or they are losing weight or have a recurrent infection, or fever they should go and see a urologist.
“Because when you have prostate problems, you may have a recurrent fever, people will then think you have typhoid and malaria whereas it is a recurrent urinary infection,” he said.
Speaking further, he adds, “If a man starts losing weight, it may be due to prostate cancer. If a man’s legs feel numb and heavy as if he has been carrying weight on it and he is about sixty years or more, he should go and see a urologist and let them check him and find out if there is prostate cancer or not.”
He noted that early presentation at the hospital can give the man a chance at a cure, adding that if the condition is presented late, palliative care is still possible.
Also speaking with PUNCH HealthWise, Obiesie noted that two main issues plague a man’s prostate health: benign prostatic enlargement and prostate cancer.
He explained that when a man has benign prostatic enlargement, it means that his prostate can become enlarged without the enlargement being cancerous but prostate cancer causes the prostate to undergo some malignant transformation that can become deadly if not nipped and treated early.
Speaking on, he noted that benign prostatic enlargement is common in Nigerian men.
“The thing is that the prostate grows, it will continue to grow. From age 40 and above your prostate will continue to grow and increase in size from the normal size of 20 – 30 grams to any size.”
“But the size of the prostate does not correlate with the symptoms in most studies. What I mean is that you can have a 200-gram prostate without many symptoms and you can have a 70-gram prostate with the symptoms.”
“However, with an increase in the number of cells, we describe it as benign prostatic enlargement as long as there is no malignant transformation,” Obiesie said.
To reduce the risk of prostate disease, the experts urged to men avoid exposure to all sorts of things that will cause infection along the urinary tract.
@ Punch Newspaper